Mobile Apps - What You Need, When You Need It - That's What We Expect

Mobile Apps - What You Need, When You Need It - That's What We Expect






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  • Mobile Apps: What you need, When you need it –That’s What We Expect! Focus Research ©2012 All Rights Reserved
  • Mobile Apps: What you need, When you need it – That’s What We Expect! No doubt – the world is turning mobile, but don’t disappoint the users – give them what they expect and don’t just make it a mobile interface. Confused? You should be; before you move your legacy stuff on to the various mobile platforms – from mobile phones to tablets to next generation smartphones. Too many companies think mobility is only about mobile enabling their applications. It is not! It’s all about putting a specific business process in the palm of the employee’s hand when it’s needed, where it’s needed. And only that!The consumerization of technology has already led to plenty of cloud applications being wrapped asapps for mobile devices, rather than offered as Web-based interfaces. The boundaries between what’s aweb page and what’s an application may be dissolving with the advent of HTML5 and user interfaces likeWindows 8 Metro. But as more of the world start to consume services almost exclusively through mobiledevices, it’s less likely that users will ever type in a URL for a site.On a recent trip to South Africa, I had the chance to meet and work with a number of well-established ITcompanies—and all of them had cloud on the agenda. How, what, when, and where were the questions Iwas asked. The first thing I said? “Look around―learn from your customers and look at what’s happeningwith private consumers.” Only by understanding user behavior among the consumers and the art ofturning needs and pains into value propositions are you able to align functions and features.I am convinced that mobility in South Africa and the rest of Africa will surpass the more mature IT marketsin a few years. Mobile payment and the aim to have a cashless society will fuel the development of mobileapps. And using mobile devices for everything will become the de facto standard.At the East Africa Outsourcing Summit in Nairobi on June 6, Kenya ICT Board CEO Paul Kukubo said,“The world is beginning to pay attention to the idea that, even in Africa, if you can solve African problems,you can create an IT product that is attractive to the rest of the world.” So true.The African continent will be driven by user demand or pull, and since they don’t have the same amount oflegacy platforms and applications to slow it all down, the rise of a new empire in mobility and mobile appswill emerge from here.If you want to build new cloud services, including mobile apps, I urge you to learn more from what’shappening in Africa and even consider working “out of Africa.” Or at least to establish partnerships withMobile Apps: What you need, When you need it – That’s What We Expect! Focus Research ©2012 2
  • companies in that region. You’ll be surprised how quickly you’re able to test and to market new servicesthere, and then apply what you’ve learned and the best practices you’ve developed to your own territory. Inturn, Africa can benefit from your business knowledge, management skills, and financial means.And – if you don’t want to turn to Africa – just make sure you look at business processes and align yourfuture IT development with what is needed at the palm of your employee’s hand and not how well you canmobile enable your legacy systems. That is true mobility. Anders Trolle-Schultz, Managing Partner, SaaS-it Consult. An experienced sales, marketing, and business development executive, Anders is accountable for leading the strategy, execution, and management of results-oriented, business-transformation campaigns for cloud and the channel. Skillfully navigating the industry ecosystem, he leverages key relationships to establish mutually beneficial partnerships resulting in strengthened marketplace positioning and accelerated sales funnels. Anders is an internationally recognized SaaS, cloud, and channel industry leader, as well as a speaker and moderator.Mobile Apps: What you need, When you need it – That’s What We Expect! Focus Research ©2012 3